|[January 15, 2013]
Printed Electronics Venture Funding Tops $7.5 Billion; Islands of Opportunities Remain
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
Since 1996, printed, flexible, and organic electronics have garnered
more than $7.5 billion in venture funding, led by investments in display
and smart packaging technologies. However, funding has sharply declined
from a peak of $990 million in 2007 to $626 million in 2011.
"A number of high-profile failures like Konarka have soured many
investors' impressions of this space - cutting away some unwarranted
hype, but potentially raising the hurdles for companies with more
promising technologies to secure funds," said Anthony Vicari, Lux
Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, "Printing
for Profits: Investments and Opportunities in Printed, Flexible, and
"Our analysis shows glaring funding imbalances," he added. "While there
are areas such as organic photovoltaics that are overfunded, promising
technologies such as electrowetting and electrochromic displays haven't
received investment that matches their potential."
Research analysts surveyed the investment landscape, assessing the
current state of affairs and identifying opportunities. Among their
Display technologies have huge potential. Electrowetting,
electrochromic, and metal oxide thin-film transistors (MOTFTs)
are potential gold mines, offering high technical performance and
value, relative to competing reflective displays and TFTs.
Asian startups underfunded. North America leads overall
investment at $5.1 billion, or 67% of the world total. However, Asian
start-ups, like OLED developers in South Korea, account for just $506
million of investing - indicating not a lack of innovation but the
need for an alternate funding model.
Dow, Samsung, Intel (News - Alert) are the corporate investment trendsetters. Dow
Chemical, Samsung, and Intel lead corporate venture capital (CVC)
investors, with high levels of activity in this space. Their best bets
have targeted the more promising, higher- potential technologies such
as OLEDs and RFID.
For more information on this topic, please register
for the complimentary Lux Research webinar, "Printing for Profits:
Making Money from Investments in Printed, Flexible, and Organic
Electronics," on February 5 at 11:00 EST.
The report, titled "Printing for Profits: Investments and Opportunities
in Printed, Flexible, and Organic Electronics," is part of the Lux
Flexible, and Organic Electronics Intelligence service.
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